Conformation In Rockton

Last weekend was the Burlington Kennel & Obedience Club conformation dog show.

Both Canyon and Emmie were entered on Saturday and Sunday.

It was a very poorly attended show, so in addition to canyon and Emmie, there were only three other golden retrievers.

Canyon did his absolute best, but did not end up earning any points toward his Canadian Championship title. Huib feels he couldn’t have asked anything more from Canyon and that he just wasn’t the judge’s type.

Emmie on the other hand, was a bit of a bum. She could have done much better, but no matter what Huib did, she insisted on galloping around the ring and was less than cooperative when he asked her to stack.

I had hoped to post pictures along with this entry, but Judi hasn’t sent me any, so maybe I’ll add them later.

We have entered them both in the Wine Country Kennel Club show next weekend, so our fingers are crossed for better results.

A Good Weekend Of Showing

This weekend was the Oakville & District Kennel Club’s conformation dog show. We entered both Canyon and Emmie for the Saturday and Sunday and rogue in the altered class on the Sunday.

Huib and Canyon waiting for the judge to come examine Canyon. Huib has Canyon stacked and is holding his tail so that his top line is straight and his tail feathers are visible. Huib is wearing a light purple long sleeved shirt with a black tie, black pants and black shoes. You can see the other handler and dog behind them also in a stacked position.

Canyon got 1st place both days in the Canadian Bred Dog class.

Huib and Canyon doing the diagonal, down and back. You can see a side profile of both Huib and Canyon. Huib is wearing a light purple shirt with a black tie, black pants and black shoes.

Huib and Canyon waiting for the judge to come do his examination. Huib has Canyon stacked. Huib is wearing a light purple shirt with a black tie, black shoes and black pants. there are dogs and handlers on either side of them.

canyon didn’t end up getting Winner’s dog, but I was still very proud of him. he was really hyped up by emmie being in heat, so I thought it was awesome to see how well he controlled himself in the ring.

Huib and Emmie waiting for the judge to come do her examination. Huib has Emmie stacked. Huib is wearing a dark purple shirt with a black tie, black shoes and black pants. You can see the other females and their handlers behind Huib and emmie.

Saturday was emmie’s first day of ever showing. She won 1st place in the Open Bitch class and then went on to win Reserve Winner’s Bitch.

Huib and Emmie standing with the other females and their handlers, facing the judge. Huib is wearing a light purple shirt with a black tie, black shoes and black pants. Huib has Emmie stacked.

On sunday, Emmie was the only female entered in the Open class, so she won 1st place by default and didn’t end up doing as well in the ring for Winner’s Bitch.

Huib and Rogue running along the outside of the ring. Huib and rogue are running toward the camera. Huib is wearing a light purple shirt, blak shoes, a black tie and black pants.

This weekend was the first time we’d ever shown rogue. She was the only altered dog entered in the sporting group, so by she won a green ribbon for Winner’s Male or Female, Altered and a teal rosette with a stuffed cow for Best In Group, Altered. She didn’t end up winning Best In Show, Altered, but we were really proud of her. Rogue stacked herself almost perfectly, and if Huib had to fix one of her feet, she kept it in the spot he placed it. she had no issues with letting the judge check her over and she walked nicely on the leash. there aren’t too many shows that offer the altered class, but we think we’ll enter her again if we end up attending a show that offers it.

It’s honestly amazing to see how easily Canyon and rogue settled into showing their first times. I think it has a lot to do with the type of training we have chosen to do with them. I’m a huge proponent of clicker and reward based training. I feel as though I can do anything with them, not only because they have the skills, but also because they trust me.

The next show we’ll be attending is in two weeks, both Canyon and emmie are entered, so we’ll see how they do.

A Golden Visitor

For the past week and a half, we’ve had a visitor.

Emmie, or Fortknox’s Burning Ember, is owned by Canyon’s co-breeder, Judi of Ramblin Goldens.

Judi has wanted to begin showing Emmie, but has been quite busy. We keep in touch with Judi and give her random updates on how Canyon is doing. During one of these updates, I mentioned that we were planning on entering Canyon into the Oakville & district Kennl Club show on September 14th and 15th. Judi emailed back to say she wanted to get Emmie started on her championship title, but hadn’t yet gotten around to it. I wrote back to say that if she wanted, Huib and I wouldn’t mind working with emmie and getting her ready to enter with Canyon.

Judi dropped Emmie off almost two weeks ago and we have been working on teaching emmie to walk nicely on leash and to stack.

It’s been a lot of fun having emmie visit. our dogs aren’t always a fan of visitors who stay without their “humans”, but they have accepted Emmie like one of the pack. she’s very well behaved and interacts well with each of the dogs.

The Oakville show is in just over a week and we have been working hard on getting Emmie ready.

But, we’ve run into a bit of a problem.

Canyon has thrown Emmie into heat a month early – WHOOPSIE!

As a result, Judi will be coming to pick her up on Saturday and will have to cancel her entry into the show. It’s possible to show a female in heat, but Judi doesn’t want to cause any problems for or with the other exhibitors – Huib and I totally agree with her decision. At the last oakville show, there was a female Pointer in heat and Canyon was so interested in her that he snapped his show leash three minutes before him and Huib were due in the ring, lol!

As long as all goes well, Emmie will be bred with Canyon’s sire, Blaze. This means there should be puppies sometime in November, and it’s possible…we may have one of the puppies join the ruled by paws gang…

Elora Gorge Show: Too Small

So the Vaseline worked! Canyon no longer did his little cantering walk, and moved perfectly around the ring.

The judge checked over both boys very thoroughly and in the end it came down to the difference in size between Canyon and the other boy. As I’ve mentioned before, Canyon is slightly smaller than most male golden retrievers, so if a judge has to look to the breed standard for their decision, then canyon always loses.

when Huib came back to where I was sitting, the woman in front of us turned and said she would have totally picked Canyon over the other male. It turns out that this woman is a golden retriever breeder, so we’ll assume she knows what she’s talking about 😉

We’re not sure what show we’ll attend next, but it’ll probably be in February or march since the weather tends to be pretty bad in January.

Elora Gorge Show: Damn Carpets!

As you can see from the title of this post, day two of the show didn’t go any better.

canyon and Huib looked amazing together, but Canyon did his little canter looking thing again on the “down and back”.

We’ve assessed things and observed the other dogs, and have come to the conclusion that it is the carpeting. We’re not sure what is on the carpets, but the dogs are all having trouble with keeping their footing and one of the handlers even got close to taking a tumble.

canyon’s co-breeder came to watch him show today and was giving Huib tons of compliments. She even said that he looked as though he’d been showing for years!

We’ve picked up some Vaseline for Canyon’s paws to hopefully give him a little more grip on the carpets.

Maybe third time’s a charm?

Elora Gorge Show: No Excuses

Today was the first day of the Elora Gorge Kennel Club’s conformation dog show.

Canyon competed against one other male in the Canadian Bred Dog category and lost.

officially, he received second place, but it really doesn’t count for much when there’s only two dogs in the ring lol!

We’ve got no excuses for the loss, Canyon just wasn’t any good today.

He showed well and did his thing perfectly, but he had a bit of a wobbly gait thing when Huib tried to walk a bit quicker than usual with him – it made it look as though he had a limp. Huib felt it through the leash so tried walking the pattern again at a slower (the normal) pace and Canyon was completely fine – but it was too late, the judge had already seen the weird gait thing. Other dogs seemed to have some oddities to their gaits at times too, which makes us wonder if it had to do with the carpet (usually the ring has a mat).

But, the fact is, Canyon wasn’t good enough today.

Hopefully we’ll have better luck tomorrow though.

Where It All Began

It’s time for the Elora Gorge Kennel Club’s conformation dog show.

Canyon is entered all three days and will be handled by Huib.

This is the show where Canyon and Huib made their debut.

We aren’t sure how many males are entered into the Canadian Bred category, but there are about seven or eight other males entered in addition to Canyon.

our aim is always to just have fun and do our best, but canyon’s co-breeder is coming to watch on Saturday, so it would be cool not to end up dead last again 🙂

I’ll make sure to post updates.

Orangeville Show: Not The Judge’s Type

On the final day of showing, Canyon did well. He was a little hyper before entering the ring and Huib was a bit worried, but once they were in, Canyon seemed to settle right into doing his job. He stacked well, he walked nicely and he never once tried to sit, but he still ended up getting last place out of three, when competing for Winner’s Dog.

The dog who won, had a bit of a longer coat and was fuller in the chest, tail and hocks areas. Huib felt that the dog really did deserve to win, but that if it were any other judge, he probably would have ended up last. He was being shown by a professional handler, but he just wasn’t showing as nicely as the rest in the group. Even the other professional handler was shocked to learn that the dog would be getting first.

As a side note. Before they entered the ring, we were sitting on a bench beside the other dogs lining up to go in. Canyon was quite interested in the other dogs and took a particular liking in one of the female pointers. We learned she was in season lol! Well, about three minutes before Huib and Canyon were to enter the ring, the show leash snapped! Huib grabbed his wallet and ran to one of the vendors at the show who sold show collars and leashes and got back with a minute to spare. He said he had been thinking the day before that we should probably have a back up leash lol!


Huib took a picture of the leash, and e-mailed it to the woman who made it. She has asked us to send the leash to her and she’ll fix it right away 🙂

Orangeville Show: Canyon…Don’t Sit…

Today was day two of three at the Caledon Kennel Association’s conformation dog show.

My friend Amy showed Canyon today, and we’re not sure why, but Canyon decided it was a good idea to keep sitting whenever they stopped moving. For those who do not know, sitting in the show ring is frowned upon. It is not a disqualification, but if the other dog is similar to your dog, then your dog will almost definitely end up last because of their sitting.

Maybe tomorrow we’ll have better luck…

On another note, both Canyon and Rogue passed their Canine Good Neighbour tests. The CGN is the Canadian Kennel Club’s equivalent to the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen test.

We were a little shocked at hearing they both passed, but in their defence, they were both really well-behaved, so I’m not really surprised lol!

the tester had me walk around with each of them (one at a time). We did figure eights, left turns, right turns, full circles, etc. She had us stop and talk to her while she casually pet our dog, then she had us touch different areas (in their mouth, their paws, their back ends) and run a comb along their back a few times. Then she had several people come into the area and pretend they were a crowd so we could maneuver through the people. Then we had to have them in either a sit or down stay while we went to the end of their leash and then called them to us. We had to also put them into a down or sit stay and walk away and then call them to us. She had a random dog owner come in and walk their dog around while we just stood in the middle with ours and then she had a child come and bounce around us to see what the dogs would do. Then she had us show her that we could keep our dogs under control going through a door, having them sit and wait until we called them through. Finally, she had someone hold our dog’s leash and we had to leave the area and hide for a set amount of time and then return. Huib was my guide and I first did the test with Rogue and then with Canyon. Other then going to the end of their leash once in a while, at which point I’d stop and wait for them to return to my side, they really didn’t do anything unusual.

Now we work towards doing their novice rally-obedience or novice obedience title.

Orangeville Show: All Stacked

Canyon and Amy wait for the judge to come do his examination. Canyon stands with his hind legs straight, his front legs are straight underneath him and his head slightly out in front of him to show off his neck and top line. Amy kneels beside him trying to position his tail so it shows off his feathering better.